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    December 19, 2012
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we should be able to keep an irresponsible, lawbreaking few from this. >> barack obama demands new gun restrictions in the wake of the connecticut school shooting. hello, and welcome. this is al-jazeera, live from doha. fine for manipulating interest rates, ubs must pay $1.5 billion. south korea telex its first
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female president. she has pledged to help the ailing economy. u.s. president barack obama says he wants concrete proposals on gun control presented to him by the end of next month. >> after the school shooting and connecticut, president obama said he was prepared to put the full weight of his office behind this issue. we now know how he plans to do that. these are the victims, three more children buried in newtown, conn., today, a teacher who tried to save them laid to rest as well. now politicians are talking about how to prevent another mass killing of children in their classrooms. >> we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try. >> not president obama has put vice president joe biden in
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charge, saying that he will outline his proposals next month. >> the good news is there is a growing consensus to build on, with a majority of support banning the sale of military- style assault weapons, a majority support the ammunition clips. that the president says that gun-control legislation will be part of it, but he is not saying, and nobody asked, if he is considering any laws that would get rid of the 200 million guns already owned in the u.s. the last ban applied only to the production of new weapons and only 18 were outlawed. some in congress says they will fight any legislation. >> we have seen that movie before. and it is sad. >> it seems the president realizes it will be difficult, so he is asking the american people to call congress and most importantly to remember this.
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the concern for gun control advocates is if the president waits too long, they will lose momentum. the president says that is not giving the american people enough credit. >> a senior u.s. state department official, three senior u.s. state department officials have resigned after the attacks in bank ossi. -- in beghazi. >> 4 americans were killed in the attack. the investigation concluded systemic operational failures of the state department made the attack possible. the report found that security was grossly lacking. >> the state department had not given bengahazi the security, both physical and personnel resources, that it needed.
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that it upheld the insistence that they had no intelligence predicting an imminent attack. the investigation found several officials at fault. >> we did conclude that certain state department bureau-level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrated a lack of leadership and ability appropriate for senior ranks. >> within hours of the report, three top officials, including the two most responsible for diplomatic security, resigned. the report also blamed the libyan government for a lackey response to the attack. secretary of state hillary clinton accepted the report's findings and took responsibility for them. the state department says it already acted on those findings. >> the pentagon will need to dispatch hundreds of additional marines to posts around the world, yet congress does not
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reinforce vulnerable facilities. >> republicans in congress charged despite the conclusions, the officials who quit were guilty of intentional effort to mislead the american public. their criticism forced susan rice, who they accused of deliberately misrepresenting the attack, to drop from consideration as clinton's successor in the new obama administration. the u.s. army says it is seeking the death penalty for a soldier accused of killing 16 soldiers -- afghan villagers in march. he is accused of premeditated murder and other charges. nine children were among those killed. almost 4000 british troops will be sent home from afghanistan next year. britain's prime minister david cameron said at the remaining 5000 will leave by 2014. >> because of the success of our
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forces and the afghan national security forces and the fact we are moving from mentoring at a battalion level to mentoring at a brigade level by the end of 2013, we will see troops come home and relatively even steps in 2013, 2014, leaving it a little over 5000 troops at the end of 2013, compared with 9000 out. swiss bank ubs has been ordered to pay fines totaling $1.5 billion. they said they were fixing the leak or rape -- it or fixing the libor rate. >> this was pervasive manipulation of global benchmark rates by dozens of staff across three continents. the heavy fine reflects the regulators' concern. now u.s. prosecutors have criminally charged two former
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ubs traders in the libor investigation, accused of conspiracy, wire fraud, and antitrust violations. >> they defrauded the company's counterparties of millions of dollars and it did so primarily to increase profits and to secure bigger bonuses for themselves. >> libor is used to price more than three of 50 trillion dollars in contracts around the world. potential losers include pension funds, insurance companies, and individuals. more than a dozen banks have been caught up in the international inquiry, and there are more cases to come. in just one instance revealed by the u.k. financial services of 40, ubs made corrupt payments of about $24,000, a quarter over 18 months, to reward brokers for helping to manipulate the global interest rate.
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the u.k. authorities have already arrested three people in connection with the serious fraud of criminal libor investigation. >> shareholders are getting more serious about asking serious questions with these practices. there have not been enough to drive an enormous or definitive change in the banking culture as a result. this is why many people say the financial companies will not be as significant -- the financial penalties will not be as significant as the criminal police. >> ubs, already rocked by a rogue trading scandal, a tax investigation, and huge subprime losses. william black is a former u.s. federal regulator and associate professor of the economy and law at the university of missouri. >> there is nothing astonishing about this behavior.
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this is what virtually every large banked active in the market did. and they did this quite predictably because the top most management at ubs, just like the other banks, created financial cent -- a financial incentive systems for the officers that encourage these kinds of frogs on behalf of themselves and on behalf of the banks. notice in the set up peace is not take very much to bribe people in the financial sector. $24,000 to take a chance at creating, committing a felony. it is amazing. spanish help workers have clashed with the police in madrid outside of parliament against government privatisation plans. and and greece, civil servants have gone on a 24-hour price
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against job cuts. many public services were disrupted in the capital. in south korea, voters have elected their first female president, who follows in the footsteps of her father who was also president. she is vowing to batter the economy. >> she has occupied a place on the national stage since the early 20's, but this is something new. if just before midnight, in freezing temperatures in central seoul, she addressed her supporters and the nation as the first female president elect. >> i will be the people's president who keeps promises to the citizens. this is the year of happiness we have all been waiting for. >> south korea remains a male- dominated society. just half of the working age women still have a job. if some see this as a
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transformative moment. >> there has been a glass ceiling in this society. with a woman president, took that we will demonstrate our troop qualities. >> i admit defeat, but it is just my defeat, not not that of others who are hoping to have a new government. i congratulate park. >> there was unexpectedly high turnout. nearly 60% of the 40 million eligible voters came out on the coldest presidential election day in 25 years. exit polls gave park the narrowest of leads, but her support was much stronger. much of that support comes from the elderly, remember her as the defacto first lady to her father after her mother's assassination. it was a time of economic transformation and political oppression. >> the older generations strongly support park, but on
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the other hand, younger generations, they have a bitter memory of the dictatorship under her father. >> park tried to appeal to younger voters by pledging to rein in the giant family conglomerate like samsung, and to expand the welfare state. north korea's recent rocket launch notwithstanding, she also pledged to engage with p'yongyang, saying that she is open to a summit. this was a crushing defeat to the united party, with a turnout of 70%, thinking they had a good chance of winning. it was well over that, and he still lost. she now
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welcome back. the top stories on al-jazeera -- >> we should be a but keep the irresponsible, lawbreaking fuel oil from this. >> barack obama demanding new gun restrictions and the wake of
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the connecticut school shooting. he wants new proposals presented to him by the end of next month. >> swiss bank ubs has been fined $1.5 billion and a global rate rigging scandal, fixing the exchange rates that international banks used to lend money to each other. supporters have cheered the elections of south korea's first female president, 60-year-old park geun-hye. a vigil was held in new delhi to show support for a woman who was raped on a public boss. under its expressed outrage over what this is a culture of impunity. -- hundreds expressed outrage over what they say is a culture of impunity. the government has vowed to do something about the rise of sexual assaults against women in
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india. >> today, few people -- that is the mentality of those people who have no respect for women. there is an urgent need for a multi province strategy. it is not a problem of all and order. we aim to take steps to change the mentality. those steps will be initiated after which women will feel more safe and secure. the united nations has suspended its immunization program in pakistan after a spate of attacks. gunmen have killed 10 workers in the past few days. >> more attacks against health workers in pakistan. this time, gunmen shot and killed the polio vaccination supervisor and her driver in the northwest of the country. nearby, a student volunteer died from wounds she sustained in an earlier gun attack.
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that brings wednesday's death toll to 3. >> we remain committed to the decision of the government. they make the decision, not us. it will make the decision when the campaign starts, when the drive continues, but my understanding is that all the partners spearheading this is the government, it is committed to finishing the job. >> a day earlier, five female health workers were shot dead in karachi, while another female worker was killed in an attack elsewhere. their deaths followed the killing of a doctor monday. investigators said the attacks were well coordinated. no group has claimed responsibility, but in recent months, the pakistani taliban has issued threats against vaccination programs, particularly those run by foreign agencies. their opposition was pardoned after a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign help the one central intelligence agency help them locate osama bin laden
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in 2011, raising questions about why more was not done to protect health workers. >> there are tens of thousands of health workers out there. if somebody is determined to target the workers, it is not always possible for an immediate security force to be deployed at that point. >> the u.n. and pakistani government have suspended the program to administer 5.2 million polio drops to children under 5. the prime minister has condemned the attacks and said the vaccination programs would continue in the future. if pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is still endemic. in 2011, the disease paralyzed almost 200 children, the worst figures in 58 years. while the threat of more violence is of concern, health workers also fear a sharp increase in the number of young people who may contract is
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easily preventable yet highly contagious disease. a new bill banning u.s. citizens from adopting russian children has sparked outrage in russia. it is seen as a response to an american bill which targets russian officials accused of human-rights violations. >> they were there at dawn at the duma, russia's federal parliament, taking a stand against the wall that would ban americans adopting russian children. detentions' quickly followed. the authorities were and little mood for tolerance. last week, a washington passed an act targeting russian rights abuses. the list of officials facing travel bans and asset freezes. in the duma, russian legislators promised retaliation in kind. critics accused them of using
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children as political weapons. >> any child has the right to be treated with care and with love by any person, irrespective of their nationality. >> according to brussels' official agency, there are 130,000 children eligible for adoption, yet last year fewer than 11,000 found families. 956 went to the u.s.. over the past 20 years, as many as 60,000 russian orphans found homes in america. but isolated cases of abuse by adoptive parents in the u.s. have caused public outcries in russia. this person was abandoned by his american adoptive mother and sent back to moscow. supporters of the bill say that russia should foster its own. >> if there is any doubt there are not adequate levels of
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safety for children in the u.s., it is serious grounds for suspension and a ban of adoption. unfortunately, the current position of the authorities in america shows their indifference to the fate of russian children. >> russia's own track record is poor. over 7000 children were adopted by russians in 2011, but more than half were rejected, returned to orphanages in the same time frame. with many child welfare groups in russia critical of the band, some in the kremlin have said the legislation should not be rushed into. a third reading of the bill is expected in the duma friday. ultimately, it will be up to president putin to decide whether it is a step too far. russian police have tried to keep the pros and anti-gay rights campaigners apart. there were eggs thrown outside of parliament in moscow as the rights advocates feared they
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would be discriminated against if a new laws passed next month. several agencies have introduced laws that have restricted the rights of homosexuals. in georgia, three officials and businessmen were arrested on suspicion of bribery. among them is a former minister, now heading an independent tv station. the president and his supporters accused the government of political persecution. >> i demand an immediate release of the head of the broadcasters, as well as the lawlessness and to bring into account everybody involved. every member of the one security council except the united states has criticized israel for continuing to build settlements on the west bank. wednesday, the u.n. secretary- general also condemned the construction, demanding it be
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stopped immediately. 40 national representative said the move threatened the peace and a two-state solution. hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled the conflict in syria. some are palestinians being displaced for a second time in their lives, having already left their nation's home for syria. if a growing number are now seeking safety in lebanon. >> this border crossing has new arrivals almost every minute. nearly two years, it was city's fleeing. now it is palestinians coming from the refugee camp where fighting has forced thousands of people to move. the refugees have no specific place to go to. this camp is one of three refugee camps where the palestinians coming from syria are being received. up to 550 families have arrived in the past few days.
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we had to go from house to house looking for them. most are staying with relatives. this person and his 12-member family. two of his daughters were awarded an attack in july. -- they were wounded in attack in july. >> we fled from our house as fast as we could, escaping through the window because the door was being hit by shells. i was worried for my children and women. there was constant shelling around us. that was the only way to save our lives. >> the u.n. agency responsible for helping the refugees is starting to distribute aid. but the u.n. and others will
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probably find it more difficult the psychological impact on these refugees. some volunteers are giving it a try. all refugees are vulnerable. this is their second exodus. family wase person's forced out of their home in palestine when the state of israel was created. he does not want to talk. in the netherlands, the body of a sky diver was found in a field of 10-as after contend days after a plunge to his death. the 48-year-old was not reported missing because he lives on his own and is not have a regular job. the french president arrived in algeria, insisting he will not be apologizing for his country's colonial past.
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many algerians want an apology for the thousands of people who died in the war of independence 50 years ago. >> this person devoted his youth to the algerian struggle for independence. now as an old man, he lives in the french city where he is an active member of the community. mohammad and his friend have vivid memories of french ruling and algeria. they think now is a good time for the president to open a new chapter in relations. but for that to happen, france first needs to apologize. >> we want him to make a step, a concrete step towards repentance. there is no more hatred anymore. algeria is virgin territory industrially. today, france sees a chance to
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strengthen its economic ties with algeria because the stakes are so high at the moment. >> more than 3 million people of algerian origin live in france. many have dual citizenship. they make regular trips across the mediterranean, their cars piled high with goods bought in french shops. about halfway between paris and algiers, this gives a sense of how close the countries are, but the relationship between them is complicated. the french occupied algeria 132 years. for them, it was more than a colony. they considered algeria to be part of france. the war for independence was long and bloody. more than 1 million people were killed, both algerians and french. this person was born in algeria. so was his father, grandfather, and his great-grandfather. he and his family fled as
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refugees in 1962. he says the french built by jerry it into a great country and have nothing to apologize for -- he says french built algeria into a great country and have nothing to apologize for. >> in algeria, we see the past is dead. >> the question of historical guilt is deeply controversial. opinions are divided, even within families. the older generation of immigrants are often more ready to forgive than younger french algerians. the french president will need to measure his words carefully. an argentinian navy training ship is sailing home from africa after being impounded two months. it was detained after u.s. court order claimed argentina's government had defaulted on a $300 million debt.
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a u.n.
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